“On the first day
of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping
with his income, saving it up.” (1 Cor. 16: 2)
During a mission conference, the
Holy Spirit touched many hearts and people were willing to offer money to
help foreign mission work. A young child about ten years old named Alexander
Duff was moved also, but he had no money to offer. So he asked the person
collecting the money to place the plate on the ground. He stepped on it and
prayed. “God, I offer myself.” From that day on, he prepared himself. Later
he becomes a missionary used by God mightily.
What is a faith pledge? It is
to prepare to offer. As human, we all care what we can see. If I have
enough, then I can help others. This kind of giving does not need faith at
all. If we have the habit of giving tithe, then it is hard for us to learn
to depend on God. We will not be able to see God’s marvelous deed.
Sometimes, God wants us to prepare offering for the future needs. Paul
taught Corinthians, asked them in addition to regular offering to open a
ministry of benevolent (2 Cor. 8-6), that is to help other Church member’s
needs. They gave themselves one year of time to pledge the money (2 Cor.
8-10; 9:2). Paul praised this kind of faith pledge. He also cared about the
progress of the whole plan. He sent several brothers to help them to prepare
the collection so that when he arrived, the money could be ready (2 Cor.
The principle of faith pledge is
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously
will also reap generously.” The bigger our faith is, the greater God’s grace
will be. His grace will enable us to accomplish the goal. Some people like
to quote 2 Cor9: 7 “ Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to
give, not reluctantly or under compulsion.” They use it to explain why they
do not give tithe. Actually, this verse is not for regular offering but to
the faith pledge or the benevolent ministry (Dut. 15:10). To tithe is our duty. It started
in the Old Testament. In the New Testament all our things belong to God. At
least we should offer one-tenth. However, faith pledge is additional.
Today we have church-planting in
Mason. We need a sum of money as fund for the meeting place. This is the opportunity
for us to learn to depend on God. I hope all brothers and sisters can
support the faith pledge, therefore we can see God’s marvelous work among us.